Call To Action! Help Minneapolis, Minnesota, Become The Next U.S. City To Ban The Sale of Fur

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, is making moves to become the next great city to ban fur. Just weeks ago, Minneapolis City Council members proposed an ordinance to ban the sale and manufacture of new animal fur products throughout the city. Now, we need compassionate Minneapolis residents to speak out in support of a city-wide ban on fur.

A game-changing bill to ban fur sales has been introduced to the Minneapolis City Council which would save innocent animals from being tortured and killed for fashion. Fur Free Minneapolis is a dedicated group of volunteers organizing to stop the sale of new fur products. “We know that the fur industry thrives on violence, is motivated by profit, and regularly misinforms the public. We are volunteers focused on protecting life, telling the truth, and eliminating harm. This is the right thing to do, it’s the right time to do it, and the animals deserve our help.” Please urge your city council member to ban fur in Minneapolis.

To produce a fur jacket, trim, or accessories, fur-bearing animals are held hostage on fur farms, where they are deprived of space, socialization, and everything wild animals need to thrive. To preserve their coats, coyotes, chinchillas, foxes, mink, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals are often electrocuted. They may also be bludgeoned to death or skinned alive. Animals wait in terror for their turn, and the brutal process continues. Furs from dogs, cats, raccoons, rodents and other animals are often undisclosed or intentionally mislabeled by manufacturers. Fur production is not only cruel, it damages the environment and is hazardous to human health. Fur is often preserved with toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, which ultimately end up polluting the soil and waterways of surrounding habitats.

What You Can Do:

The inherently cruel fur industry is on its last legs. In October, California passed the first-ever statewide fur ban, and other cities and states are diligently working to follow suit. Designers from all over the world, including Gucci, Prada, and Michael Kors, have pledged to ditch fur. Giant retailers including Macy’s, Inc. and Bloomingdales, have also announced that animal fur will no longer be sold at its stores or online beginning in 2021.

Please help In Defense of Animals by urging your Minneapolis City Council member to make fur history by supporting this monumental bill!

1. To find your City Council member’s contact information, please find your neighborhood listed below or enter your full address HERE! 

2. Call your Council member’s office by using the phone numbers listed below for your specific representative. Ask to leave a message for your councilmember, making sure to be polite and respectful, you may say:

“Minneapolis residents do not want clothing or accessories made from the fur of animals who are brutally killed. Please pass a fur ban in Minneapolis!”

3. Submit a comment by using the “Submit Comment” link listed below for your City Council member. You are likely to receive a response back from your councilmember’s office, so please be courteous and polite. You may copy and paste the following message into the comment form. Personalization is highly encouraged.

As your constituent, I urge you to support a city-wide ban on the sale of new fur products in Minneapolis. Compassionate residents do not support the cruel and unnecessary fur industry, which profits from the torture and killing of innocent animals for their skins. Fur production is not only cruel, it damages the environment and is hazardous to human health. Fur is often preserved with toxic, carcinogenic chemicals, and fur farms produce large amounts of waste, all of which end up polluting the soil and waterways of surrounding habitats. The trapping of wild animals not only leads to the deaths of threatened and endangered species, it is also responsible for the accidental killing of Minnesota residents’ beloved dogs and cats. Please ban fur in Minneapolis! 

Ward 1: Council Member Kevin Reich

Neighborhoods: Columbia Park, Waite Park, Marshall Terrace, Holland, Audubon Park, Logan Park, Northeast Park, Mid-City Industrial, Southeast Como, Windom Park

Call: (612) 673-2201

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 2: Council Member Cam Gordon

Neighborhoods: Southeast Como, University District, Prospect Park, Seward, West Bank/Cedar-Riverside, Cooper, Longfellow

Call: (612) 673-2202

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 3: Council Member Steve Fletcher

Neighborhoods: Bottineau, Beltrami, Sheridan, St. Anthony East, St. Anthony West, North Loop, Nicollett Island, East Bank, Downtown East, Downtown West, Marcy Holmes

Call: (612) 673-2203

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 4: Council Member Phillipe Cunningham

Neighborhoods: Shingle Creek, Lind-Bohanon, Victory, Webber-Camden, Cleveland, Folwell, Jordan

Call: (612) 673-2204

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 5: Jeremiah Ellison

Neighborhoods: Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan (part), Near North, North Loop (part), Sumner-Glenwood, Willard-Hay (part)

Call: (612) 673-2205

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 6: Abdi Warsame

Neighborhoods: Cedar Riverside (part), Elliot Park (part), Phillips West, Seward (part), Steven’s Square – Loring Heights (part), Ventura Village

Call: (612) 673-2206

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 7: Lisa Goodman

Neighborhoods: Bryn Mawr, Cedar-Isles-Dean, Downtown Minneapolis, East Isles, Elliot Park, Kenwood-Isles, Loring Park, Lowry Hill and Stevens Square

Call: (612) 673-2207

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 8: Andrea Jenkins

Neighborhoods: Central, Bryant, Bancroft, Field, Regina, Northrop, Lyndale, Kingfield.

Call: (612) 673-2208

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 9: Alondra Cano

Neighborhoods: Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Longfellow (western part), Midtown Phillips, Powderhorn Park

Call: (612) 673-2209

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 10: Lisa Bender

Neighborhoods: CARAG, East Calhoun, the northern part of East Harriet, Lowry Hill East, Whittier

Call: (612) 673-2210

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 11: Jeremy Schroeder

Neighborhoods: Diamond Lake, Hale, Keewaydin, Page, Northrop, Tangletown, Wenonah, Windom

Call: (612) 673-2211

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 12: Andrew Johnson

Neighborhoods: Ericsson, Hiawatha, Howe, Keewaydin (northeast part), Minnehaha, Morris Park, Standish

Call: (612) 673-2212

Submit Comment HERE!

Ward 13: Linea Palmisano

Neighborhoods: Armatage, East Harriet Farmstead, Fulton, Kenny, Linden Hills, Lynnhurst, West Calhoun

Call: (612) 673-2213

Submit Comment HERE!

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